If a driver causes an accident, it’s reasonable to assume that he or she will stop to exchange insurance information with the other driver and to make sure the other driver isn’t hurt. This doesn’t always happen, however. If the driver leaves the scene of an accident, he or she can face significant penalties and the accident can leave the victim seriously injured.
In Washington, if a driver hits an unattended vehicle or damages property, he or she is required to stop and notify the vehicle’s owner or leave a note with their name and address.
If the driver causes an accident that results in an injury to another driver, the driver is required to immediately stop and stay at the scene of the accident. He or she must also give the other driver his or her name, auto insurance information, insurance policy number, vehicle license number and driver’s license information.
The driver is also responsible for providing reasonable assistance to the injured person, including transporting or arranging transportation for the person to a hospital for medical treatment if that is needed.
If a person is hit by a driver, he or she can suffer cuts and bruises, fractures or broken bones, head and spinal cord injuries and even death. It can impact their ability to work entirely or their hours may be reduced while they heal. This can affect the injured person and their family that relies on him or her for financial support.
An experienced attorney can represent hit and run victims and pursue compensation on their behalf.